Newly Composed Tunes and Songs in the Irish Tradition

Newly Composed Tunes and Songs in the Irish Tradition

Now playing: An ghaoth sa bhiobhóg ; Cornphíopa Shraith Salach / Mick Kinsella ; Steve Larkin ; Donal Siggins
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  1. An ghaoth sa bhiobhóg ; Cornphíopa Shraith Salach / Mick Kinsella ; Steve Larkin ; Donal Siggins
  2. First flight / Josie Nugent ; Matt Weir
  3. Reverie / Notify
  4. Pomegranate, song / Ye Vagabonds
  5. Postman Pa ; and other airs / Gráinne Brady ; Tina Jordan Rees ; Paul McClure
  6. The very man ; The bee in the bonnet / Kevin Rowsome
  7. The thin place ; Paddy Fahy’s / Aislinn Gagliardi ; Liz Carroll
  8. Ouch it’s Francie ; The yellow tinker / Buille
  9. Ireland’s lovely shore / Veronica Barrett
  10. Junior’s lament ; Caisleán an óir ; Heron jig ; Raga Asawari / AnTara
  11. Veronica McNamara’s ; The professor ; Charlie Dolan’s / Oisín Mac Diarmada ; Samantha Harvey
  12. The arrows that murder sleep / Lorcán Mac Mathúna ; various performers
  13. Courting at the crossroads / Des Cafferkey ; various performers
  14. Hatchet field / Slow Moving Clouds

Newly Composed Tunes and Songs in the Irish Tradition

The fifteen tracks in our audio playlist this month are a selected snapshot of newly composed tunes and songs commercially released by Irish traditional musicians and singers between autumn 2015 and spring 2016.  The collection highlights the wide spectrum and diversity present in contemporary Irish traditional music and song.  Performers/composers featured are Irish, Australian, English, Finnish, Polish and American and bring different approaches in terms of style, arrangement, instruments and sources of inspiration. This collection also highlights ITMA’s remit to collect traditional music in a broad and inclusive way reflective of each generation of performers. 

 

Steve Larkin, fiddle, & Mick Kinsella, harmonica & concertina. Steve Larkin & Mick Kinsella, Larkin & Kinsella SLMK001, 2015. CD.  Track 9:  An ghaoth sa bhiobhóg, hornpipe; Cornphíopa Shraith Salach / composed by Mick Kinsella
'‘‘An ghaoth sa bhiabhóg’’ was composed while transfixed by the mammoth leaves of a rhubarb plant in the ornate gardens of Sham’s Place, Harold’s Cross’ while ‘’Cornphíopa Shraith Salach’’ was written on the road to Letterfrack, Co. Galway, amidst the rugged beauty of The Twelve Bens.’ (from CD liner notes)
 
Josie Nugent, fiddle, stroh violin, piano, & Various, instrumental music, Modal citizen, Nugent JNBS002, 2016. CD. 
Track 7: First flight, air / composed by Josie Nugent
'‘First flight’ was Josie Nugent’s first composition for fiddle!'
 
Notify, instrumental group, Inconcept, Notify, 2016. Digital download. 
Track 5: Reverie, instrumental music / composed by Pádraig Rynne, Cillian King & Cormac McCarthy
 
Ye Vagabonds, vocal & instrumental group, Rose & briar, Ye Vagabonds 2015. CD & digital download.
Track 4: Pomegranate, song / composed by Brían Mac Gloinn
 
Gráinne Brady, fiddle, Ireland, & Tina Jordan Rees, piano, flute, tin whistle, High spirits, Brady & Jordan Rees GTR001, 2015. CD & digital download. 
Track 4: Postman Pa, polka / composed by Tina Jordan Rees ; The potter's wheel, polka / composed by Gráinne Brady ; The cat's mother, polka / composed by Tina Jordan Rees
‘’Postman Pa’ is Tina’s dad who works for Royal Mail. ‘The potter’s wheel’ belongs to Steph Baxter, a mad potter. ‘The cat’s mother’ is after the saying ‘Who’s she? The cat’s mother?’’ (from CD liner notes)
 
Kevin Rowsome, uilleann pipes, Cuisle cheol na bpíob = The musical pulse of the pipes, Rowsome KELEROCD161, 2016. CD.
Track 12: The very man, reel ; The bee in the bonnet, reel / composed by Kevin Rowsome
 
Aislinn Gagliardi, harp, The thin place, Gagliardi n.n., 2015. CD & digital download.
Track 3: The thin place, air / composed by Aislinn Gagliardi ; Paddy Fahy's, reel / composed by Paddy Fahy ; Mason's apron, reel [traditional]
 
Buille, instrumental group, Buille beo, Crow Valley Music CVCD0005, 2015. CD. 
Track 11: Ouch it’s Francie, reel / composed by Caoimhín Vallely ; The yellow tinker, reel / traditional
 
Barrett, Veronica, singing in English, When the roses bloom again, Barrett, 2015. CD. 
Track 1. Ireland’s lovely shore / composed by Veronica Barrett
 
Noone, Matthew, sarode, & Tommy Hayes, bodhrán, AnTara: the space between, Noone & Hayes OPP6, [2015]. CD & Digital download. 
Track 4: Junior's lament, air ; Caisleán an óir, hornpipe / composed by Junior Crehan ; Heron jig / composed by Matthew Noone ; Raga Asawari, air / traditional
 
Oisín Mac Diarmada, fiddle, & Samantha Harvey, piano, dance, The green branch, Musical Ireland CPCD004, 2015. CD & Digital download. 
Track 6: Veronica McNamara’s barndance ; The professor, reel ; Charlie Dolan’s, reel / composed by Oisín Mac Diarmada.
'This selection of tunes was composed for the Transatlantic Connections Fleadh Cheoil 2015 Tribute Concert to commemorate 100 years since James Morrison emigrated from Sligo.' (from CD liner notes)
 
Lorcán Mac Mathúna, singing in Irish & English, & various, instrumental, The arrows that murder sleep, Mac Mathúna LMM15001, 2015. CD & digital download. 
Track 1: The arrows that murder sleep, song / composed by Lorcán MacMathúna & Martin Tourish
 
Des Cafferkey, bagpipes, flute, tin whistle, Ireland, & Various, instrumental music, Trad with a twist, Cafferkey ZEDCD14, 2014. CD. 
Track 5: Courting at the crossroads, waltz / composed by Des Cafferkey
 
Slow Moving Clouds, instrumental & vocal group, Os, Slow Moving Clouds SMC001, 2015. CD. 
Track 8: Hatchet field, waltz / composed by Danny Diamond ; Rintalan Heikin, polska [traditional]